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City of Colorado Springs Therapeutic Recreation Program and
Monday, July 22, 2013


U.S. Paralympics to Host Paralympic Experience

The City of Colorado Springs Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP) announced today that it will be hosting a Paralympic Experience in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee.  The event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30th, at Prospect Lake in Memorial Park from 10:00 a.m.-Noon.

“We are excited to work with our partners, local bike specialist AngleTech Cycle Different and the National Sports Center for the Disabled, to provide the opportunity for hands-on participation in adaptive kayaking and adaptive cycling,” said Diane Ridderhoff, TRP Supervisor.

This event will introduce individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments, including youth, adults and military veterans, to Paralympic sports.  The event also welcomes parents, teachers, program leaders and rehabilitation specialists.

“The Paralympic Experience program encourages physical fitness and overall well-being in individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments, and we are thrilled to be working with the Therapeutic Recreation Program on this initiative,” said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics.  “Research shows that individuals with physical disabilities and visual impairments who participate in physical activity are healthier, more successful in school and at their jobs, and have an enhanced quality of life.”

Paralympic Experiences are being held in communities throughout the country.  For registration information on the Colorado Springs event, visit www.springsgov.com/tr or call (719) 385-6958.   Participation in the Paralympic Experience is free. 

About City of Colorado Springs Therapeutic Recreation Program:

The mission of the TRP is to provide opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities to acquire skills that enable them to participate in leisure experiences of their choice and enhance their abilities to function within a community setting. For more information, visit www.springsgov.com/tr.  

About U.S. Paralympics:

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics Web site at www.usparalympics.org.

Featured Sports: Kayaking & Cycling

The Paralympic Experience is a celebration of Paralympic Sport. The goal of the program is to show individuals with physical disabilities how participation in sport and living a healthy, active lifestyle can have a profoundly positive impact on their lives. The event is open to adults, youth and injured military with physical disabilities. Equipment is provided thanks to our partners, AngleTech Cycle Different and the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).

Tuesday; July 30, 2013; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Meet at Prospect Lake Boat Ramp (near Costilla and Hancock)

To register, contact the Paralympic Sport Club at (719) 385-6958

Onsite registration will also be available. FREE!

Paralympic Sport Club Colorado Springs,

PARALYMPIC EXPERIENCE